Seán Coughlan

Seán has many years of senior management experience in both the non-profit and IT sectors with a particular focus on strategy, governance and entrepreneurship. He has also served as a director of, and advisor to, several non-profit organisations and academic institutions. Seán leads the foundation and is responsible for the management of the Executive Team and the development and delivery of HDF’s strategy to help protect and promote children’s rights.

Alexandrina Rusu

Alexandrina brings her extensive knowledge of Irish and UK tax law and International Financial Reporting Standards to HDF’s finance and risk team. Having previously worked in the private sector, she has expertise in accounts administration and taxation. Alexandrina supports the management of HDF’s grant and investment portfolios, external audits, and regular management accounting. She also manages HDF’s Dublin office.

Luke Fitzgerald

Luke is an accountant who has worked extensively in the NGO sector in Africa and the Middle East, as well as in the Irish private sector. He has held a number of senior positions, leading on financial management, process design, project management, risk mitigation, and fraud prevention. Luke directs HDF’s financial management and risk mitigation processes to ensure the high performance of the foundation’s grant and investment portfolios.

Aengus Ó Dochartaigh

Aengus’ diverse development experience has seen him work with community-based organisations, international NGOs, private-sector consultancies and funders. Following stints in Fiji and Palestine, he has worked in multiple countries across Africa and Asia with a focus on external relations and strategy development. He oversees HDF’s strategy and operations with a focus on legacy investments, best practice in philanthropy, and the evaluation of impact.

Board of Directors

Dr John Climax

Founder and Chairman

Emma Campbell

Tracy Duggan

Prof Dr Hans Rainer Künzle

David Moffitt

Dr James Smith